7th April 2017 saw the release of China Bears debut single Hydra, which mixes beautifully written lyrics with ambient guitars and harmonic vocals.
China Bears are a 5 piece indie-rock band made up of twin brothers and guitar players Ivan and Frazer Proctor, keyboard player Rosie Peppin, bass player James Zealey, and drummer Dean McCaw. 2016 saw great things for the band, including a slot supporting Declan Mckenna at his Boileroom gig, and 2017 has been no different, with Hydra receiving a huge amount of support from their growing fan base and also from radio stations in the south of England.
It’s been over a year since China Bears started playing Hydra live, and fans of the band have been eagerly anticipating the official release of the single, as well as the video to go with it.
Recorded at the famous Metropolis Studios in London, Hydra showcases lead singer Ivan Proctor’s, huge talent as a songwriter, as well as the bands ability to create a tuneful, uplifting melody that you can’t help but enjoy. A line that particularly stands out is, “which one of the Hydra’s head is worse?”
“The line refers to a choice you have to make, with both options ultimately being negative,” says Ivan.
“Within the band we’ve always wanted the song to be called Hydra. It was one of the first songs we wrote and played, and the name just felt right to us, so that’s what we had to call it.”
The music video cleverly captures a couple’s relationship over time by just filming their bedroom. Although the setting and situation changes, one thing remains the same, the couple’s most apparent love for each other. However the video does have an ambiguous ending, showing that the empty bed has only been slept in on one side, calling into question what has happened with this couple.
Hydra is an exciting and promising debut from China Bears and gives us a great taste of what else we can expect from them in the up coming months.